Osler Adds to Strength in Corporate Finance

    MONTREAL, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP today announced
two new appointments that further reinforce the firm's strong position in
corporate finance and securities law.
    Vitale Santoro has joined Osler as a partner in its Montreal office, and
James Lurie has joined as a partner in the New York office. Both new partners
will add to the firm's Corporate Finance and Securities law practice.
    "These two new partners give us valuable added bench strength to serve
our business clients," said Ward Sellers, Managing Partner of Osler's Montreal
office. "Vitale has a wide range of experience in critical areas of financing
and corporate acquisitions while Jim brings to our firm nearly 30 years of
legal practice in United States corporate and securities transactions.
Together, they extend Osler's depth and reach in advising our corporate and
financial clients."
    Vitale Santoro specializes in securities law and, during his career, has
advised companies on public and private financing, initial public offerings,
mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. Previously a managing
partner with another leading law firm, he has worked with a range of financial
clients, from investment advisers and venture capital funds to investment
banks and broker-dealers. His work has covered a wide spectrum of sectors,
including airport infrastructure, telecommunications, paper and forest
products, biotech and financial services. He is a graduate of Concordia
University and holds an LL.B from l'Université de Montréal.
    Jim Lurie has practiced general corporate and securities law,
representing private equity funds, investment banks and corporate clients in
diverse industries. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, initial
public offerings, Rule 144A high yield debt offerings, private placements and
general securities law, and corporate governance and transactional advice to
clients, including leveraged buyouts, restructurings and recapitalizations. He
has acted as counsel for domestic and foreign offerings and private placements
of domestic, foreign and multinational corporations, quasi-governmental
organizations and foreign countries.

    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is widely recognized as one of Canada's
leading law firms, with more than 400 lawyers serving clients from offices in
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and New York. For more about Osler, visit

For further information:

For further information: Line Fiset, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, (514)
904-8168, lfiset@osler.com; Judy Stein-Korte, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,
(416) 862-4219, jstein@osler.com

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